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Thursday, August 25, 2016

New Community-Engaged Learning course attribute

A new Community-Engaged Learning (CEL) course attribute is now available. It identifies courses that incorporate community-engaged learning pedagogies. An initial list of courses was identified by the Office for Public Engagement to use the attribute. In the future, these courses will be approved and identified in ECAS.
You will be able to add the attribute to any course that contains community-based learning experiences and meets the CEL attribute standards that have been approved by the Senate Committee on Educational Policy. The attribute was developed in response to students’ growing interest in academic courses that contain community-based learning experiences. In addition, the CEL attribute provides a means to systematically collect data on the number and frequency of community-engaged learning offerings across the five campuses.
To learn more about the attribute, and to view definitions of the attribute values, visit the CEL Attribute website.

Fall 2016 class cancellations

Remember to cancel classes with no enrollment for fall 2016 (1169). This will ensure the room assignment is released and the class is accurately displayed on the Class Schedule.

Room assignments for fall (1169)

Room assignments for fall 2016 are available on the Class Schedule. Please review assignments for your department to ensure all classes requiring a general purpose classroom have been assigned. Remind instructors to verify their classroom assignment before the first class, as room assignments are subject to change prior to the start of the term.

Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Releasing reserved seats

If reserved group seats have not been released by departments, Academic Support Resources (ASR) will do so for fall 2016 (1169) on Friday, September 2. Reserved group seats are always released the Friday before the first day of class each semester.

You may choose to release reserved seats prior to September 2 to increase enrollment. Guidelines for the management of reserved group seats are available to help department schedulers determine the appropriate release date. For questions on how to release reserved seats, contact the Student Records Training & Support Team.

Confirm room assignments for fall semester

All room assignments for fall 2016 (1169) have been made. Review and confirm assignments for your department on the Class Search to ensure all classes requiring a general purpose classroom have been assigned. Contact Scheduling with any questions about general purpose classroom assignments.


  • The Office of Classroom Management (OCM) only finds general purpose classrooms for classes with a blank Facility ID in CCS. If the Facility ID field is populated (including a virtual space such as ROOM000TBA), OCM is not actively looking for a classroom for your class. 
  • Changes to room assignments do not generate automated emails. If you change a room assignment, you must notify instructors and students directly.
  • Classes that will not be offered should be cancelled directly in CCS.
  • Room assignments are subject to change prior to the start of the term. While this usually only impacts a small number of classes, instructors should be encouraged to verify their classroom assignment before the first class meeting.

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Calendar for 2017-18 class scheduling production available

The 2017-18 CCS Production Calendar is now available. Please note that some of the dates are still tentative and will be updated as academic calendars across system campuses are finalized.

As a reminder, you can find additional critical scheduling dates, including previous production calendars and academic session dates, on the OCM Academic Scheduling page.

Canceling classes for fall 2016

There are classes on the fall 2016 (1169) class schedule with a room assignment but no enrolled students. If you do not plan to offer a class, cancel the class in CCS as soon as possible. Simply changing the enrollment capacity to zero and checking the “no print” box in CCS will not release the classroom assignment. The class must be cancelled directly in CCS.

For classes with low enrollment that you plan to cancel, email ocmsched@umn.edu to process your cancellation. If your college requires collegiate approval for cancellation with low enrollment, refer to your college procedures. Remember to always notify enrolled students directly, before requesting a class cancellation.